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  • JustLearnWP.comWordPress & Blogging Tutorials

    30 Free Most Popular WordPress Plugins2016

    For More EBooks, WordPress And Tutorials Join Our Free NewsletterIts first week of 2016, i thought itd be a good idea to list most popular WordPress

    plugins of 2015 and all these plugins are Most popular WordPress plugins 2016. Every

    years developers release so many new WordPress plugins which allows you to add

    different type of features to your WordPress websites.

    Its not easy to decide which plugin is best, because different plugins offers different

    features. It depends on your needs, you can decide which plugins suites your need best.

    Everyone has their own list of favorite WordPress plugins. There are so many popular

    plugins but not every WordPress users is using them.

    List Of Most Popular WordPress Plugins 2015 And MostPopular WordPress Plugins 2016?

  • Popular WordPress Plugins 2016?

    In this article i am going to list 30 most popular WordPress plugins 2015. So lets see

    what are the most popular WordPress plugins 2015.

    Note : This article was written in second week of January 2016. Total number ofdownloads and active install can be different when you read this article. hello Dolly isone of the most popular WordPress plugins but i am not going to add hello dolly in thislist, because it comes pre installed with WordPress.

    1. Contact Form 7

    ContactForm7 most popular WordPress plugin

    Contact Form 7 is most popular WordPress plugin with more than 1+ million active

    installs and 33,534,041 all time downloads. This is most popular and widely used

    WordPress contact form plugin. This powerful plugin allows you to manage multiple

    contact forms, plus you can customize the form and the mail contents flexibly with

    simple markup.

    This plugin was last updated 1 month ago and is Compatible up to WordPress version

    4.4. Latest version 4.3.1 requires WordPress 4.2 or higher.

    Active installs : 1+ million

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  • Active installs : 1+ million

    All time downloads (as of January 2016) : 33,534,041

    2. All In One SEO Pack

    All in One SEO Pack most popular WordPress plugin

    WordPress SEO is very important and every serious blogger and WordPress use some

    kind of WordPress SEO plugins to improve their search engine rankings. With 1+ million

    active Installs and 25,486,474 all time downloads All in One SEO Pack is most popular

    WordPress SEO plugin and second most popular WordPress plugin in all categories.

    This plugin is created by Michael Torbert and Steve Mortiboy. All in One SEO Pack

    version 2.2.7.5 requires WordPress 3.3 or higher and is compatible up to WordPress 4.4.

    This plugin is up to date and was last updated 3 weeks ago. A pro version is also

    available.

    Active installs : 1+ million

    All time downloads (as of January 2016) : 25,486,474

    3. Akismet

  • Akismet is 3rd most popular WordPress plugin with 1+ million active install and

    42,500,798 all time downloads. Spam is a big headache for bloggers and this free and

    very powerful WordPress plugins helps you to Automatically check all comments and

    filters out the ones that look like spam.

    Akismet is updated recently and Compatible up to WordPress version 4.4.1. Akismet

    version 3.1.7 requires WordPress 3.2 or higher. Akismet is most popular WordPress

    Antispam plugin.

    Active installs : 1+ million

    All time downloads (as of January 2016) : 42,500,798

    4. Advanced Custom Fields

  • Advanced Custom Fields Most Popular WordPress plugins

    Advanced Custom Fields is fourth most popular WordPress plugin with 1+ million active

    installs and 4,408,113 all time downloads. Advanced Custom Fields is very powerful

    WordPress plugin to create different type of additional custom fields and forms. This

    plugin is not for beginner WordPress users. Advanced Custom Fields is created by Elliot

    Condon a Melbourne based web developer.

    Advanced Custom Fields version 4.4.4 Requires WordPress version 3.5.0 or higher and is

    compatible up to WordPress version 4.4. This plugins was last updated 4 weeks ago.

    Active installs : 1+ million

    All time downloads (as of January 2016) : 4,408,113

    5. Really Simple CAPTCHA

    Really Simple CAPTCHA is fifth most popular WordPress plugin of 2015 with 1+ million

    active installs and 3,839,077 all time downloads. This is second most popular WordPress

    plugin by Takayuki Miyoshi, who is the developer of most popular WordPress plugin

    Contact Form 7.

    Really Simple CAPTCHA is a CAPTCHA module intended to be called from other

    WordPress plugins. It was originally created for Contact Form 7 plugin.

    Really Simple CAPTCHA is not up to date, it was updated almost a year ago. It requires

    WordPress version 3.9 or higher and is compatible up to WordPress 4.1.8. But normally

    most WordPress plugins works well with latest version of WordPress.

  • most WordPress plugins works well with latest version of WordPress.

    Active installs : 1+ million

    All time downloads (as of January 2016) 3,839,077

    6. WooCommerce Excelling ECommerce

    WooCommerce is a most popular free WordPress eCommerce plugin that allows you to

    sell anything on your websites or blog. Built to integrate seamlessly with WordPress,

    WooCommerce is the worlds favorite eCommerce solution that gives both store

    owners and developers complete control.

    You can start selling anything quickly and easily with WooCommerce without spending

    hundred or thousands of dollars. According to plugin description page WooCommerce

    now powers 30% of all online stores more than any other platform. For advance

    features hundreds of free and premium extensions are also available for WooComerce.

    WooCommerce requires WordPress 4.1 or higher and is Compatible up to WordPress

    4.4. With 1+ million active install and 11,707,822 all time downloads this is another most

    popular WordPress plugin.

  • Active installs : 1+ million

    All time downloads (as of January 2016) : 11,707,822

    7. Jetpack By WordPress.Com

    I think JetPack is most powerful and popular WordPress plugin with 30 plus modules, it

    turn your WordPress blog into powerful websites. You dont need to install dozens of

    other plugins to add different features to your website. Jetpacks stats modules lets you

    see how many people visit your website, which blog post is most popular post, what

    people are searching for and a lot more.

    You can let people subscribe to your blog very easily with subscribers widget. Related

    post module lets you display other related posts from your blog at the bottom of your

    blog post. Jetpack also protects your website against brute force attacks and

    unauthorised logins. It also monitor your website for downtime and keep your plugins

    updated.

    This is a free plugin created by Automatic the company behind WordPress itself.

    JetPack version 3.8.2 requires WordPress version 4.2 of higher and is Compatible up to

    WordPress 4.4.

    Active installs : 1+ million

  • All time downloads (as of January 2016) : 21,110,890

    8. Wordfence Security

    WordPress is most popular CMS to build websites, thats why it is heavily targeted by

    bad guys. You can not ignore security of your WordPress based website. The Wordfence

    is most popular WordPress security plugin that provides free enterprise-class

    WordPress security, protecting your website from hacks and malware.

    Wordfence checks if your site is already infected. Wordfence security plugin do a deep

    server-side scan of your source code and compares it to the Official WordPress

    repository for core, themes and plugins. Then Wordfence secures your site and claims

    to make it up to 50 times faster. A premium version is also available.

    Wordfence version 6.0.22 requires WordPress 3.9 or higher and compatible up to 4.4.

    Wordfence is up to date plugin.

    Active installs : 1+ million

    All time downloads (as of January 2016) : 10,826,599

    9. WP Super Cache

  • Slow websites really sucks and people hate slow website, studies show that if a website

    take too much time to load people will leave it immediately. Website speed really

    matters and Google also love fast websites. WP Super Cache is most popular WordPress

    caching plugin that produces static HTML files to make your website load faster.

    WP Super Cache plugin generates static HTML files from your dynamic WordPress blog.

    After a HTML file is generated your web server will serve that file to Users who are not

    logged in or Users who have not left a comment on your blog, instead of processing the

    comparatively heavier and more expensive WordPress PHP scripts.

    WP Super Cache requires WordPress 3.0 or higher and is compatible up to 4.4.

    Active installs : 1+ million

    All time downloads (as of January 2016) : 9,172,782

    10. Google XML Sitemaps

    XML sitemaps are very important for search engines. Sitemaps helps search engines to

    index your website better which improves your search engine ranking. Google XML

    Sitemaps is most popular WordPress plugin to generate a special XML sitemap which

    will help search engines to better index your blog.

    If you dont know why XML sitemaps are important and why you should create

    sitemaps, let me tell you that with sitemaps, it is much easier for the crawlers (in simple

  • sitemaps, let me tell you that with sitemaps, it is much easier for the crawlers (in simple

    words search engines like Google, Bing etc) to see the complete structure of your

    website and retrieve it more efficiently.

    Google XML Sitemaps will notify all major search engines (Google, Bing, Yahoo etc)

    every time you will publish a post on your blog. You can also donate via paypal to

    support developer of this very useful and popular free plugin.

    Active installs : 1+ million

    All time downloads (as of January 2016) : 17,813,936

    11. Regenerate Thumbnails

    Post Thumbnails is a WordPress themes feature introduced with WordPress Version 2.9.

    Later It was changed to Featured Images with Version WordPress version 3.0. Post

    Thumbnail, now Featured Image, is an image that is chosen as the representative image

    for Posts, Pages or Custom Post Types. The display of this image is up to the theme you

    are using. This is especially useful for Magazine style themes where each post has an

    image.

    Regenerate Thumbnails is one of the most popular WordPress plugins that allows you

    to regenerate the thumbnails for your image attachments. This plugin is very handy if

    you have changed any of your thumbnail dimensions (via Settings -> Media) after

    previously uploading images or have changed to a theme with different featured post

    image dimensions.

    The best thing of this plugin is that you can either regenerate the thumbnails for all

    image uploads, individual image uploads, or specific multiple image uploads.

    Regenerate Thumbnails requires WordPress version 2.8 or higher and is Compatible up

    to WordPress version 4.4.

  • Active installs : 1+ million

    All time downloads (as of January 2016) : 2,830,629

    12. Yoast SEO

    Yoast SEO is no doubt very powerful and most popular WordPress SEO plugin. This

    plugin allows users to easily optimize their website for search engines. This free plugin

    not only allows you write better content also lets you fully optimized WordPress site.

    After writing each blog post Yoast SEO helps you make your blog post better by giving

    suggestion.

    The Yoast SEO plugins Page Analysis functionality checks simple things you are bound

    to forget. It checks, for instance, if you have images in your post and whether they have

    an alt tag containing the focus keyword for that post. Yoast SEO plugin will also check

    whether your posts are long enough, if you have written a meta description and if that

    meta description contains your focus keyword, if youve used any subheadings within

    your post, etc. etc.

    You can read about this plugin at WordPress SEO plugin page. Yoast SEO requires

    WordPress 4.0 or higher and Compatible up to WordPress 4.4. With 1+ million Active

    Installs this one is second most popular WordPress SEO plugin. A premium version is

    also available.

  • Active installs : 1+ million

    All time downloads (as of January 2016) : 24,366,842

    13. WP-PageNavi

    According to Joost De Valk developer of Yoast SEO plugin

    Youllwanttomakesurethatifabotgoestoacategorypage,itcanreachallunderlyingpageswithoutanytrouble.Otherwise,ifyouhavealotofpostsinacategory,abotmighthavetogoback10pagesbeforebeingabletofindthelink

    tooneofyourawesomeearlierposts.Source

    Theres an easy fix, in fact, there are several plugins that deal with this. Joosts favorite

    one by far is WP-PageNavi, maintained by Scribu, one of the best WordPress developers

    around. WP-PageNavi plugin will replace the old Older posts | Newer posts linkswith numbered pagination.

    WP-PageNavi requires WordPress version 3.2 or higher and is compatible up to

    WordPress 4.4

  • Active installs : 1+ million

    All time downloads (as of January 2016) : 6,474,293

    14. WordPress Importer

    If you need to import posts, pages, comments, custom fields, categories, tags and more

    from one WordPress install to another, you can use WordPress Importer free plugin.

    This free plugin can also import and export custom post types, Comments, Custom

    fields and post meta, Categories, tags and terms from custom taxonomies and Authors.

    This free plugin is created by WordPress.org

    Active installs : 1+ million

    All time downloads (as of January 2016) :

    15. NextGEN Gallery

    This is the most popular WordPress gallery plugin and one of the most popular plugins

    of all time with over 14 million downloads and 1+ million installs.

  • NextGEN Gallery is very powerful plugin for uploading and managing galleries of

    images, with the ability to batch upload, import meta data, add/delete/rearrange/sort

    images, edit thumbnails, group galleries into albums, and more. NextGEN Gallery

    provides two front-end display styles (slideshows and thumbnail galleries), both of

    which come with a wide array of options for controlling size, style, timing, transitions,

    controls, lightbox effects, and more.

    Active installs : 1+ million

    All time downloads (as of January 2016) : 14,051,301

    16. TinyMCE Advanced

    WordPress editor does not give advance buttons and options, for example if you want

    to create tables you will have to use HTML mark up. TinyMCE Advanced plugin enables

    advanced features of TinyMCE, the WordPress WYSIWYG editor. It is compatible up to

    WordPress 4.4. This free plugin is created by Andrew Ozz, who is one the WordPress

  • WordPress 4.4. This free plugin is created by Andrew Ozz, who is one the WordPress

    lead developer. Exploit Scanner is his another very useful plugin.

    Some Of The Features Added By TinyMCE Advanced

    Support for creating and editing tables.

    More options when inserting lists.

    Search and Replace in the editor.

    Ability to set Font Family and Font Size.

    And many others.

    Active installs : 1+ million

    All time downloads (as of January 2016) : 6,723,471

    17. Google Analytics By YoastGoogle Analytics by Yoast is another most popular WordPress plugin from Joost de Valk

    developer of Yoast SEO plugin. The Google Analytics by Yoast plugin for WordPress

    allows you to track your blog easily and always stays up to date with the newest

    features in Google Analytics.

    It requires WordPress 3.9 or higher and WordPress 4.3.1. I want to share my experience

    with you that when i installed this plugin in December 2015, it failed to connect with my

    Google account. When I pasted the authentication code, it took me to a non-existent

    page. I tried to contact developer but they said they failed to solve the issue. MAke sure

    it works well and you can authenticate your Google analytics account. otherwise you

    can use Jetpacks Stats module or any other plugin.

    Active installs : 1+ million

  • Active installs : 1+ million

    All time downloads (as of January 2016) : 10,472,478

    18. W3 Total Cache

    This is another WordPress caching plugin for Easy Web Performance Optimization

    (WPO) using caching: browser, page, object, database, minify and content delivery

    network support. W3 Total Cache helps you to optimize and increase page speed of

    your site.

    According to WordPress.org page web hosts like Page.ly, Synthesis, DreamHost,

    MediaTemple, Go Daddy, Host Gator and countless more recommend and companies

    like AT&T, stevesouders.com, mattcutts.com, mashable.com, smashingmagazine.com,

    makeuseof.com, yoast.com, ilovetypography.com, webdesignerdepot.com, css-

    tricks.com and tens of thousands of others trust W3 Total Cache plugin.

    W3 Total Cache requires WordPress 3.2 or higher and Compatible up to WordPress 4.3.1.

    It was last updated 4 months ago (August 2015).

    Active installs : 1+ million

    All time downloads (as of January 2016) : 5,447,982

    19. Duplicate Post

  • 19. Duplicate Post

    Duplicate Post plugin allows to clone a post or page, or edit it as a new draft quickly. If

    you find this useful, consider donating whatever sum you choose, even just 10 cents. Its

    been downloaded thousands of times: just a few cents from every user would help

    Lopo the developer of this plugin to develop the plugin and improve support.

    Active installs : 900,000+

    All time downloads (as of January 2016) : 1,476,049

    20. Disable Comments

    This plugin allows WordPress site administrators to globally disable comments on any

    post type (posts, pages, attachments, etc.) so that these settings cannot be overridden

    for individual posts. Disable Comments plugin also removes all comment-related fields

    from edit and quick-edit screens. On multi-site installations, Disable Comments plugin

    can be used to disable comments on the entire network.

    Additionally, comment-related items can be removed from the Dashboard, Widgets,

    the Admin Menu and the Admin Bar. This plugin requires WordPress 3.9 or higher and

    compatible up to WordPress 4.4.

  • Active installs : 800,000+

    All time downloads (as of January 2016) : 2,181,579

    21. WP Multibyte Patch

    Multibyte functionality enhancement for the WordPress Japanese package.

    Active installs : 700,000+

    All time downloads (as of January 2016) : 1,969,800

    22. Black Studio TinyMCE Widget

    Black Studio TinyMCE Widget is created by Marco Chiesi and Francesco Canovi, that

    adds a new Visual Editor widget type that allows you to insert rich text and mediaobjects in your sidebars with no hassle. As you know that default WordPress text widget

    lacks of functionalities and it requires HTML knowledge, not every WordPress users

    knows HTML, this plugin was born to overcome these limitations.

    Black Studio TinyMCE Widget requires WordPress 3.1 or higher and compatible up to

    WordPress 4.3.2 but it does not mean it wont work with latest version of WordPress.

    Download history page shows 15,261 downloads last week (first week of January 2015).

    To support the developer you can also donate to this plugin.

    Black Studio TinyMCE Widget Features

    Add rich text widgets to your sidebars and edit them using visual editor

    Switch between Visual mode and HTML mode (including Quick tags toolbar)

    Insert images/videos from WordPress Media Library

  • Insert links to existing WordPress pages/posts or external resources

    Support for fullscreen editing mode

    Support for widgets accessibility mode

    Support for WordPress networks (multi-site)

    Support for WPML (multi-language)

    Live preview in theme customizer

    Available in 20+ languages

    Active installs : 700,000+

    All time downloads (as of January 2016) : 2,671,276

    23. Page Builder By SiteOrigin

    Page Builder by SiteOrigin is the most popular page creation plugin and one of the most

    popular WordPress plugin with 700,000+ active installs. This powerful free plugin makes

    it easy to create responsive column based content, using the widgets you know and

    love. Your content will accurately adapt to all mobile devices, ensuring your site is

    mobile ready. It means your content will look great on all type of devices desktops,

    tablets an smart phones.

  • One of the great thing about this plugin is that you are free to change themes as often

    as you like. Your content will always come along with you. Page Builder offers simple

    drag and drop interface means you will never need to write a single line of code. Page

    Builder generates all the code for you.

    Plugin developers (Greg Priday and Braam Genis) claims that they have created an

    intuitive interface that looks just like WordPress itself. It is easy to learn, so you will be

    building beautiful, responsive content in no time.

    Page Builder by SiteOrigin requires WordPress 4.0 or higher and is compatible up to

    WordPress 4.4.1. This plug in is up to date and was last updated in December 2015.

    Active installs : 700,000+

    All time downloads (as of January 2016) :

    24. IThemes Security (Formerly Better WP Security)

    iThemes Security (formerly Better WP Security) is one of the best and most popular

    WordPress security plugin that offers more than 30 ways to protect your website from

    attacks. With this free and powerful security plugin you can protect WordPress site by

    hiding vital areas of your site. You can easily protect access to important files and

    preventing brute-force login attempts is also possible with this plugin. Brute force

  • preventing brute-force login attempts is also possible with this plugin. Brute force

    attack is very common to steal login details of WordPress sites.

    A pro version is also available which offers many advance features. Version 5.1.1 requires

    WordPress 4.1 or higher and compatible up to WordPress 4.3.2. iThemes has created 10

    free plugins this security plugin is most popular. For example iThemes Hide Dashboard

    plugin lets you hide the login pages of your WordPress site making them only accessible

    through the address you provide.

    Active installs : 700,000+

    All time downloads (as of January 2016) : 5,814,407

    25. Google Analytics Dashboard For WP

    Google Analytics Dashboard for WP is created by Alin Marcu, this one is his most

    popular plugin. This plugin shows Google Analytics reports, in real-time, in your

    dashboard screen. You can see real-time number of visitors, real-time acquisition

    channels and real-time traffic sources details on your site with in WordPress dashboard.

    This free plugin enables you to track your site stats using the latest Google Analytics

    tracking code and allows you to view key Google Analytics reports in your WordPress

    install. It means no need to visit Google analytics dashboard to view your site stats. FOr

  • more information and all features you can read plugin description.

    Google Analytics Dashboard for WP version 4.9.1.2 requires WordPress 3.5 or higher and

    is compatible up to WordPress 4.4.1.

    Active installs : 600,000+

    All time downloads (as of January 2016) : 4,423,904

    26. UpdraftPlus Backup And Restoration

    Regular back up are one of the most important thing for any WordPress website, you

    dont know when some thing bad happens to your website. Hackers are always try to

    access your website, in case of any problem they can delete your entire website and

    your client can delete some important files.

    There are many free and premium WordPress back up plugins are available. UpdraftPlus

    Backup and Restoration is most popular free plugin that makes Backup and restoration

    simple and easy. This free plugin offers complete backups and manual or scheduled

    (backup to S3, Dropbox, Google Drive, Rackspace, FTP, SFTP, email + others).

    Active installs : 600,000+

    All time downloads (as of January 2016) :

    27. Clef Two-Factor Authentication

  • Two Step verification helps you make your online accounts more secure and safe. 2-

    Step Verification can help keep bad guys out, even if they have your password. Many

    online services offer two step verification services to make your accounts more secure

    and safe. there are many free WordPress plugins available to add two Factor

    Authentication to your WordPress site.

    Clef Two-Factor Authentication is most popular free WordPress plugin for two factor

    authentication. This plug lets you use modern two-factor that people love to use. strong

    authentication without passwords or tokens; single sign on/off.

    Clef Two-Factor Authentication 2.3.3 requires WordPress 3.5 or higher and is compatible

    up to WordPress 4.4.1.

    I personally use Google Authenticator plugin for two step verification, You can read my

    sitepoint tutorial How to add 2-Step Verification for WordPress Using Google

    Authenticator.

    Active installs : 600,000+

    All time downloads (as of January 2016) : 693,434

    28. Meta Slider

  • There are many free and premium WordPress slider plugins available, with 600,000+

    active install Meta Slider is most popular WordPress plugins to create slides. This free

    most popular WordPress slider plugin makes it easy to create slideshows fast and easy.

    Simply select images from your WordPress Media Library, drag and drop them into

    place, set slide captions, links and SEO fields all from one page.

    You can choose from 4 different slideshow types (Flex Slider, Nivo Slider, Responsive

    Slides & Coin Slider) and use the provided shortcode or template include to easily

    embed slideshows in your blog. A premium version is also available.

    Active installs : 600,000+

    All time downloads (as of January 2016) : 3,080,190

    29. Duplicator

    The Duplicator is most popular WordPress migration plugin, that gives WordPress

  • administrators the ability to migrate, copy or clone a site from one location to another.

    The plugin also serves as a simple backup utility. The Duplicator supports both serialized

    and base64 serialized string replacement. If you need to move WordPress or backup

    WordPress this plugin can help simplify the process.

    Duplicator 1.1.0 requires WordPress 3.9 or higher and compatible up to WordPress 4.4.1.

    Active installs : 600,000+

    All time downloads (as of January 2016) : 2,505,444

    30. WP-DB-Backup

    With 500,000+ active install WP-DB-Backup is one of the most popular WordPress

    plugin to back database. This plugin allows you to easily backup your core WordPress

    database tables. You may also backup other tables in the same database.

    WP-DB-Backup version 2.3.o requires WordPress 2.0.3 or higher. WP-DB-Backup is

    created by Austin Matzko, he has also published 15 other free plugins.

    Active installs : 500,000+

    All time downloads (as of January 2016) : 2,498,369

    Final Words

    These are most popular free WordPress plugins of 2015 and at the start of year all these

    plugins are Most popular wordpress plugins 2016. There are many other free and

    popular plugins available. Keep in mind if a plugin is very popular it does not mean it is

    great and offer everything, sometimes less popular plugins works great offers much

    more great features, simple and easy to use interface.

    For example Clef Two-Factor Authentication is most popular plugin for WordPress Two-

  • For example Clef Two-Factor Authentication is most popular plugin for WordPress Two-

    Factor Authentication but less popular Google Authenticator also works great and i

    have been using it for a year.

    Google Analytics by Yoast is most popular plugin but if you will read help forums many

    people says that it does not work and they can not authenticate their account. So

    always test plugins before installing them on a live website.

    Feel free to share your own list of favorite plugin in comments.

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